I dreamt I was in a supermarket shopping for specific ingredients like brown sugar and dark chocolate – so maybe I was planning to make a cake. I soon learned that Tex Perkins was behind the checkout – not ringing stuff up but just there. He started to do a performance. I sat down and watched. There were some other guys in the audience who looked to be not from around here so I asked one what Tex was doing in Korea. He said something to the affect that Tex’s girlfriend was a Filipina woman and that he came here to get a little space.

On a related note, if you have ten minutes:

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Under advisement I checked out an episode of ‘Spenser: For Hire’ with the information that this Spenser was something of a fashionista. I’m no expert on the 80s, but I’m guessing I watched the wrong Spenser.

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Although it was interesting to see Avery Brooks pre-DS9. He was all blinged up.

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The last word on car racing. I didn’t take any fotos of how muddy the car park was, but here’s a shot (schnaffled from <a href=”http://www.planetf1.com/photo-gallery/6465482/Red-Bull-s-Korean-Nightmare”>Plan F1</a>) of Mark Webber’s car after sliding off the track. That’s what my new 574s look like.

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Inaugural Korean Grand Prix: So Disappoint!

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Going into it,  I was very excited about Formula One coming to Korea but also aware that there could be teething problems. There was concern beforehand that the track wouldn’t be ready on time. The organisers managed to complete the track and the minimum safety requirements needed for the race to go ahead. But they did little else beyond that. Their excuses centred on it raining a lot during the summer season. To them I reply, _it rains a lot EVERY summer season_.

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ball joints and boat lights

I have to say the level of millitancy those frenchies have is quite admirable. They really do have a culture where takin’ it to the streets is much more common than other western democracies.


I seem to have temporarily run out of decent cop shows to watch. I didn’t plan ahead enough and have been caught short. I watched Dexter up to where it’s at. After Tony Curtis died I watched a couple of his movies. _The Defiant Ones_ was quite good – it was with Sydney Poitier and he really shone. A couple of buddied up with Kirk Douglas films – The Vikings and Spartacus.

But anyway, I saw that there was a tv series with the pre-Bond Roger Moore called The Pursuaders! It’s got a nifty opening theme but it’s not holding my interest, which is really something considering I watched nearly the whole lot of Thunderbirds episodes. <a href=”http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dAxvfmGUjuQ”>Opening theme music embedding disabled upon request</a>. If you watch the end part there it says, ‘Lord Sinclair’s clothes designed by Roger Moore’ — I’m guessing that just means that he picked them out but he was quite the 70s dandy.

I’m D/Ling Starsky & Hutch but it’s taking its sweet while.


This year and last my more leisurely work schedule has enable me to get back into watching the formula one car racing. I guess I’ve watched it off and on since I was a kid. Here in Korea the best way to watch it is as a downloaded torrent. There’s one chap who’s known as tdmk who uploads the file and then it spreads pretty quickly. I get to watch it about a day after it’s fun. So, big thanks to him, and to the BBC who provide the coverage. They do a pretty good job with the reportage pre and post race, certainly much better than what I remember of channel 10 in australia.

It’s sport and drama rolled into one. All the different egos and personalities clashing and reacting with each other. I think last year I was just happy to see a close title fight and wasn’t barracking for any driver in particular. This year, despite my better judgement, I’ve been caught up in Mark Webber fever! I really hope he wins the world driver’s championship. Partly because he’s australian, but also because he seems to be getting a slightly raw deal within the red bull team. I always go for the underdog. I say better judgement, because last year, and at times this year, he’s reminded me of barracking for the Geelong Football Club — at least — a few years back, they would show such amazing potential, then snatch defeat out of the jaws of victory. But Mark has a very Australian personality and it comes through in the interviews. Also, he has this near-permanent 5 o’clock shadow and angular face which makes him look like a computer game character.

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Other drivers I’m liking this year are: Robert Kubica of Poland; he’ll definitely rise to the top in the next few years. And Heikki Kovelinan, the Finn who’s with the Lotus team this year.

Anyway, F1 is coming to S.korea for the first time this year and me and j-e, my girlfriend are going. It’s in two weeks. I’m hoping it’ll be really worth it.

I love you Philip Morris (2010)

Current movies can be a strange thing here. I did go and see _Inception_ at the cinema (snore!) but when you’re relying on the DVD pirate-man that sells his burnt discs on the subway steps you can get anything at anytime.  And so I don’t know if this film has been released in Australia or America or what.

The g/f picked it. In fact, I never buy these pirate dvds. For some reason, more often than not she ends up picking films that are overly violent or have terrible rape scenes or stuff like that. Not on purpose, but that’s what happens when you pick things without looking too much into what they are. I site previous examples of _Blindness_ (2008). I didn’t even want to finish watching that one. What a pointless piece of trash! And _The Killer Inside Me_ (2010) which, oddly enough, I’d read the novel of a couple of years ago. I read one book about every three years these days thanks to my attention span and being forced to read twaddle for study. As a book it was pretty boring and all up, I was finding the crime noir genre pretty disappointing. The movie was pretty violent and boring.

Pirate-man’s choices, in my opinion , are in line with this pattern I’ve observed with Korean TV’s choices of what English-speaking movies to show — it’s mostly crap. Any night of the week you’re gaurunteed to come across a Steven sSegal film, or failing that, a Nicholas Cage one, and not a good one like _Wild at Heart_.

Anyway, _I Love Phillip Morris_ was good and it had nothing to do with cigarettes. Jim Carey is chronically under-rated as an actor and seeing him snog Ewan McGregor was great.